“The fullness of life is only accessible
in the present moment.”
- Sweet Corn – All Shares
- Red Potatoes – All Shares
- Cabbage – Full & Single Shares
- Summer Squash – All Shares
- Zucchini – Full & Single Shares
- Cucumbers – All Shares
- Eggplant – Full Shares
- Sugar Snap Peas – Full Shares
- Kale – Single Shares
- Melon – Half Shares
- Mini Tomatoes – All Shares
- Slicing Tomatoes – All Shares
- Beaver Dam Peppers – Single Shares
- Cayenne and/or Jalepeno and/or Hot Wax – Full & Half Shares
- Thyme – Full & Single Shares
- Dill – Half Shares
“Don’t just do something, sit there.” This little twist by Thich Naht Hahn on a much more familiar phrase calls me to slow down, reflect, and be more intentional in my living. It is really hard!! I get up in the morning and look at my list from the night before, then I make a new list and prioritize each task. I never get those lists completed – you know what I mean. This farm has so many turns and angles and corners to peak around that it is certainly impossible to ‘be on top of it all.’ Right now, as the rain continues to skirt around us, two summer interns return to college, and we plant for fall/winter and harvest all the summer bounty, I long for the winter evenings by our wood stove where I can indeed sit and meditate.
This week we will be featuring corn. Developed over 7,000 years ago from teosinte, a wild grass native to central Mexico, corn has been on this continent for ages. Particularly in the midwest, it seems like it grows everywhere. However, the miles and miles of corn we drive by to go literally anywhere is mostly field corn, not sweet corn. Field corn, a grain, is harvested at the dent stage when its kernels are dry and fully matured whereas sweet corn is picked immaturely and eaten as a vegetable. Although very different in taste and use, the two types are related. Sweet corn is a genetic mutation of field corn that was first identified and grown by multiple Native American tribes. Today, sweet corn’s popularity has been furthered by hybridization which makes the crop more disease resistant and helps it mature uniformly. I find it so satisfying to watch sweet corn seedlings come up because they all germinate and grow at exactly the same rate.
Sweet corn can be boiled, grilled, or steamed. It pairs great with beans because each food provides the essential amino acids that the other is deficient in, leading to a complete protein dish. Enjoy!
Some recipes to try: